Daily Topic for November 22, 2007

1 Sam. 23:3
"Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?"

Good question! But God had clearly commanded David and his troops to go, and He had promised them victory if they obeyed, so they went…and inflicted “heavy losses” on the Philistine forces. We might likewise ask: Why leave home, where we are not always successful against Satan’s forces, to go to some other land where Satan is even more firmly entrenched? The answer: because God has commanded us to go, and because He promises victory if we obey. Jesus told His followers to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18), and promised to be with them, and us, to the end of the age.

O Lord, may those in difficult ministries be especially aware of Your presence today. How glad we are that You are with them-and with us!

Qashqa’i people of Iran

“Fascinating, independent and proud.” These are words that have been used to describe the Qashqa’i people, a nomadic people who roam throughout southwestern Iran. Despite multiple and powerful attempts to incorporate the Qashqa’is into the dominant Iranian society, they have remained distinct. They are considered a minority in Iran, numbering about 1,500,000 souls. The number of them who live a nomadic lifestyle has been recently declining.

Muslim in name and by convenience only, the Qashqa’i people do not maintain daily prayers, nor do they fast during the month of Ramadan. They are considered 100 per cent Muslim as a people, but this is simply for its political advantages. About the only areas in life in which they do observe Muslim traditions are the rites of marriage and at death.

Upper class men are politically active. Their wealth stems from land control and herding. Those in the lower classes are paid only in food, clothing, and animals. Qashqa’i women essentially have no rights or freedoms, except that they do have a strong say in arranging marriages. Qashqa’i women are noted for their weaving skills.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for a movement to Christ in every Qashqa’i community. Pray for Christian workers to develop a market for Qashqa’i rugs.-JR

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